Rev 4:1 John tells us that a door is set opened in heaven
This is one of four doors opened in the book of Revelation
But the first destination that John mentions after the Rapture is heaven
Revelation 4:2 (NKJV)
"Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne."
Immediately I was in the Spirit – speaking of a split second of time – one of the characteristics of the Rapture of the Church
Behold a throne set in heaven and one sitting on the throne
Billy Graham said…
“God is unchanging in His love. He loves you. He has a plan for your life. Don't let the newspaper headlines frighten you. God is still sovereign; He's still on the throne.
TRUTH: God has never been dethroned
Psalm 11:4 (NKJV)
"The LORD is in His holy temple,
The LORD’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold,
His eyelids test the sons of men."
At this moment in history, we are in the age of Grace and the Lord’s throne is now the throne of grace
Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
But the throne of grace will become a throne of judgment after the Rapture of the Church
John continues to describe heaven
Revelation 4:3–5 (NKJV)
"And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God."
Mark Twain in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn describes heaven as a place where… all a body would have to do there was go around all day long with a harp and sing forever and ever.
But the Bible speaks heaven three ways or as having three levels
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,"
"Thus says the LORD:
“Heaven is My throne, /
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?"
How does John describe God’s Presence?
Psalm 104:2 (NKJV)
"Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain."
Jasper was the last stone identified in the breastplate of the high priest (Exodus 28:20)
Sardius is the sixth stone in the foundation of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:20)
Around the throne is an emerald rainbow… like a giant green halo surrounding God
At our church memorial barbeque, an old friend came to visit. He told Roxie and I that he died for several minutes. Roxie asked him, did you see the light? He said he did see a tunnel of warm bright light
Revelation 4:4–8 (NKJV)
"Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
"Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”"
What an amazing description of heaven!!!
1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;"
The 24 elders represent the entire royal priesthood gathered together
In the midst of the throne – these four living creatures with the face of a lion, a calf, a man and an eagle representing the fullness of Christ –
The flying creatures with six wings –
Revelation 1:8 (NKJV)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Now… it would be easy to dig in and examine the deep symbolic meaning of every aspect of John’s description of heaven
Revelation 4:9–11 (NKJV)
"Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”"
The Living Creatures, the 24 elders all fall down and worship!!!
Catch the rhythm of worship that is happening in heaven
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (NKJV)
"Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
There is a culture of prayer and worship that permeates heaven and that culture is the same culture that permeates the life of the believer
Catch the heart of worship that is happening in heaven